Postpartum depression (PPD) is temporary depression related to pregnancy and childbirth. It comes in two forms: early onset, commonly referred to as the "baby blues," and late onset. The early onset type is mild and may affect as many as 80% of women after they deliver. It starts after delivery and usually resolves within a couple of weeks without medical treatment. The later onset form is what most people think of as postpartum depression. This more severe form is usually recognized several...
Early treatment is important for you, your
baby, and the rest of your family. The sooner you start, the more quickly you
will recover. And there's less chance that your depression will affect your baby. Babies of
depressed mothers might be less attached to their mothers and might lag behind
developmentally in behavior and mental ability.